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Rodolfo D & # 39; Onofrio: "We've Guarded, Gallardo, Francescoli and Players, Now and Save Us" – 12/17/2018



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He sits in a comfortable chair, asks for an espresso and confesses that he has a waiting account. And he quotes a contemporary philosopher. "One day I'll write a book, and for that I need a band player." Santiago Kovadloff said it was fundamental to reverse the thoughts. Now I do not have time, but it's in my plans, maybe when I leave football, Rodolfo D & # 39; Onofrio to him. bugle. At 69 he has material for several chapters. The interaction between the ball and its interests can lead to a bestseller. But the manager of Udaondo and Figueroa Alcorta is in another stage and enjoying the sport's successes. Eleven titles won the river during his service. and an unrivaled triumph: beat Boca in the final of Copa Libertadores de América. A match that blows up the chest, but leaves open wounds. And much to say in the twilight of Al Ain.

When you started in December 2013, did you think the river would come so far?

-We came up with a project, with a team and we had very well thought about what we would do with the economic and financial part that was very bad. As for the sport, we would put all our wishes so that it was done well. But if I told myself I imagined we would achieve all we achieved, no. We won eleven drinks, but something more important. We won the Cup value, in words, we form a very united team, which is clear about its principles and what is the image that the river has to show. You can win championship, but it's the key to giving a signal to society and the river fan that things are being done with hard work, effort, humility, projects and values. Today Marcelo Gallardo, the players and leaders are part of all this. Individualities can lead to victory, but if there is no good group it is very difficult.

-What has the river that almost wins everything?

-It is something that is very important. The river has a leadership in the board of Gallardo and Enzo Francescoli. Gallardo is a leader. The second day we were in Madrid and came to see the players who were with Marcelo at different stages of their bike. They seemed to all. It was more than 13. It is unity, it feels participated, identified and proud to be from the river. And those who did not came wrote to me. It makes me hugely successful. That was what caused the River to win so much.

-Visit many steps, first as a fan, then as a leader, through its history, is it the best moment for the river?

-No, no … It's a very important stage. But I think these Copa Libertadores will be for our children, our grandchildren, the children of our grandchildren, the children of our grandchildren's children … This will remain forever. For many reasons. Firstly, because there was a final against the eternal rivals. After all, for all we live. There are so many things that happened … It will remain in history as one of the most transcendent results; Also, because we stopped playing in Madrid, an unprecedented place.

– They played with the blood in the eye?

-No, we had to do everything to do a lot of things around. The huge merit of the players and coaching staff was to overcome the adversity. Need to play rematch outside of your court, without your audience being brave. I always listened to the physical coach who told me that the players raised 20 or 25 percent of the premises and that we lost. And there is a plus: to raise negative results, as it happened to Gremio and against Boca in both matches. The rematches became almost a unique final as it will be from next year.

– Do you suffer more from the uprising of the monumental or the dishes with Daniel Angelici and Alejandro Domínguez?

-With Marcelo, we never regret having said that Saturday "do not play" because you do not need a sports advantage. Rencilla's I did not have, I can have different opinions. With Angelici or with Conmebol. But I suffered much for the 60,000 flood partners who bought their ticket. More than one did a lot of effort out of pocket or came from a nearby city and became frustrated by a group of misfits. It hurt me a lot. That's what caused me most anxiety. I felt it was unfair and not everyone has the financial ability to travel to Madrid. Take this Superclásico so far, take it from Argentina … I always have the opposite. Not only by the river; even for Argentine football. AFA should have been tough.

-Angelici also said it was a shame to play in Spain. Do not you think that if the two clubs had agreed, would you have avoided moving the spot for the final? Or do not they have another to be politically correct with Conmebol?

"It was a decision by Conmebol. I told him that Chiqui Tapia: Argentine football should have been against having Superclásico removed. The river is not included in the executive committee. AFA should have refused, vote against. But it's already history … You have to turn around, I think it's a problem that the river fan suffered, but it must be an experience. It may not be that thirty or forty misses frustrate a sports game. And I want to say something. Since I arrived from Russia, I always said that in Argentina you had to add Fan ID. And I congratulate the minister (Patricia) Bullrich, the Super League, the province and the city that agreed to move on with this idea. In order for us to get rid of those who really hurt football and society.

– Is it possible to finish with the bars? Chris Whalley, an English expert who ended with hooligans, said it was impossible in Argentina.

"I assumed barely, the Embassy in England invited us to five leaders. It was this man. And he told us: "If the state is not the decision to do that, we have no chance." I think we have come to the decision to go to Fan ID and now leaders have to come along and finish with these people. They do not have to be in football anymore. Basta. It's over. But we have to work together; the national state, the provincial forces, those of the city and the leaders. We have to go for that page. In Russia, I lived there. I had to send several filters. It appears that when you have a good security system, the one who wants to come to complicate everything, not up, will not. Although sometimes it happens. Some are so clumsy, that's the softest word I can say that when they apply Safe Tribune they look like they are and go to prison. It's wonderful, they are upset.

-You said you did not know cave Godoy. Did you examine internally how the tickets arrived? Because someone gave them to him.

-It is true that a cave Godoy, I do not know him. In addition, I do not know who are the ones who say they are bars. In the 2013 Campaign I Toured Greater Buenos Aires and Capital. In a subsidiary of conurbano that had to do with national policy Pim! (sic), I saw two guys pointing me like bars and mixed with politics. The theme of the bar goes beyond the football. Then we must support the state's decision. I told the minister: "Count on the river." We want it in football and on the river the stadium does not enter someone who does not match.

-You accept that the river is not part of the AFA Executive Committee. Do not you think you're ahead?

When they made the list, the river was omitted. Then we will vote blank. But we never felt hurt. We regret that we can not help with the Executive Committee. We can not decide. I have to admit a very positive and neutral attitude regarding the management and management of AFA. As far as the court and the arbitration panel are concerned, I have no complaints.

-With Chiqui Tapia, how are you?

Now I'm very good. I have no problems I just picked him up because he did not support Conmebol. From his management, I think he should work as a team and give more room to the big clubs. The river is not a part, but they are Racing, Boca, Independiente … They have many things to contribute. You do not have to see big clubs like enemies. Those who generate more expectations are the big clubs and the distribution of money has always been balanced. It allows us more even championship. But I have nothing to tell Tapia. Then let's accept in Argentina that you can have a different opinion. And taking Superclásico to Madrid was a mistake. AFA should have responded. Suppose the river and Boca do not work, which is not true. Where was AFA to convey? With Angelici I was in Paraguay, but we never had a fight. It's more what people imagine than reality. We have concepts, values ​​and ideas that differ from what we think of Argentine football. It would be bad if the presidents River and Boca did not have the balance to do things. Many said to me: "How are you going to give him a hug in the program (Jorge) Lanata?"

-You are billing on social networks.

– People must understand that presidents need to be balanced. There are millions of people listening to us or reading. And if we get unbalanced, what can you ask about the rest? As soon as we were champion, the first one was born to tell the river's fans "respect the opponent". We win, yes. But it's not a war.

-We Angelici are not friends, are you sure there are no cruelties?

-No not at all. The river never had a relationship with Boca broken. When AFA was restructured we would have liked to be part of it. But it was already. We respect what is determined in that structure.

When it is noted that Boca has the greatest influence in the force of Mauricio Macri, Angelici and Tapia, does it weigh in the river? Gallardo talked about the high guard.

-We have the high guard, a directive commission, Gallardo, Francescoli and the players. With that it is already. Well and we have enough for what I see. With great respect, I say so. The other power that people think it will be and they are fans of Boca, but there is also respect for those who have it. You play fair and you win the best. So I do not think we have to be a problem. It's more a imagination than a reality. I have tremendous respect for the nation's president, but I think we argentines have too many problems to disturb the relationship between the clubs or in football. It's very good that he is a fan of the club he is and when he was on the front he made an extraordinary leadership. It's a subject that does not affect us. The reality is seen today, at the court.

Gallardo, the national team and its future

"Do not you think they have not called Gallardo to control the national team?"

"It is a decision of the AFA Executive Committee. They decide. The river is very happy and happy with Gallardo and vice versa. If you ask me, "Have you participated in the election of Sampaoli or the current coach?". I'll answer you "No". And I want it to be fine, eye. I was in Russia as a tourist and I sent messages on WhatsApp to Chiqui Tapia and told him that he was available. Also to the players.

"When the World Cup ended, leaders would tear their clothes, but not everyone was involved in refoundation.

"Those who must be involved are the leaders in the Executive Committee. Many say: they had to call D & Onofrio. I'm not there, I have no power to say or say.

-How much are you guilty of Enzo? Because it was Francescoli called Gallardo.

-We did not know that he would meet with Newell's leader at that time. If Ramón took two days to tell us he went, Gallardo would not have come. Enzo clearly told us: "The man is Marcelo". They told me "How should we have a boss?". It was a wise decision. It has fulfilled an excellent function, not just by Gallardo.

-Enzo acknowledged that maybe one day Gallardo will go and we have to be prepared.

-It's an extra technician. It has all virtues. Behavior, humility, be leaders imposed and not to be authoritarian or mate of the players, convince them through their training. Take this as a leader. With Gallardo, we have an agreement until 2021. The one who will have to worry is the president who happens to me.

AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Special Envoy

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